Tuesday, September 9, 2008

(2) Witchin' Silhouettes in a Hag Bag: cards & tote

witch silhouette cards & tote & envelopes

I had a cackling good time with this witch from the new Happy Halloweenie kit at Paper Garden Projects. She's so wicked cute that she doesn't even need colour & that little cat in her lap is cute-overload. The black colouring makes this project as speedy as a witch's broomstick. (Click photos for a look so close that it's scaaaary!) ;O)


These Supplies all come in the Paper Garden Projects
The "Happy Halloweenie!" kit:

  • ‘Witch Hazel & Blackie Fly’ Stamp
  • "Happy Halloweenie!" Sentiment

1 piece of Black textured cardstock for box (8.5 x 11)
Black cardstock circle mat (4 1/8 inch in diameter)
1/2 a piece of black textured cardstock for each card (5.5 by 4 2/8 inches each)

  • Top piece: 4 1/8 by 2.5 inches of Pixie Sticks (Striped & dotted) double-sided patterned paper.
  • Bottom piece Wicked Whimsy patterned paper 4 1/8 by 3.5 inches
  • Circles for witch from Pixie Sticks (large dots) or Wicked Whimsy (small dots): 3 7/8 inches in diameter

Things from your supplies/Paper Garden Projects:

Optional: For the tote handle: Black Magic Spell cardstock


The cards:

Step 1. Stamp ‘Witch Hazel & Blackie Fly’ on the circle & colour the image in black
  • Cut circle for witch from Pixie Sticks (large dots) or Wicked Whimsy (small dots) (3 7/8 inches in diameter.) You can cut the circle before or after stamping because the stamps are on EZ mount & they're registered. This means you can see exact placement through an acrylic block.
  • Colour the entire thing in with a black marker or black ink. Repeating layers of black will give you shadows, but this is such a perfect stamp for a silhouette that you can just colour it black and have done! :o)

Step 2. (Optional): Tint the image with a white marker or white paint. Add bling: add Sakura Star dust Gelly Roll Pen for Hazel the witch and Blackie the cat & add Crystal Ice Stickles
for the trail of her broom.

Step 3. Mount the witch circle onto the Black cardstock circle mat (4 1/8 inch in diameter)

Step 4. Most of the sweet little images on this great green paper are embossed, so it's nice to use them as embellishments.

Before mounting the patterned paper you can punch a 1 inch circle out of the top of the Wicked Whimsy (green) patterned paper (Note: Make sure the punch spot will be hidden by your large witch image circle.)

Step 5. Layer the papers (adding the top piece first & then overlapping with the bottom green patterned piece. Stitch the sides.

Step 6. Adhere the matted circle with the witch image onto the card.

Step 7. Make the sentiment:

  • Adhere the 1 inch patterned paper circle to a 1 1/4 inch black cardstock circle & stick on with Foam mounting tape
  • Cut each word into a random shape & adhere the two words to a bit of black cardstock.
  • Cut the black cardstock to make a little mat behind the words.

The Hag Bag:

(Directions adapted from Leslie Miller's famous Tote tutorial)

Step 1. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 5 3/4 by 11 inches & Score one long side at 3/4 inches. (marked in blue above on a white piece for you to see the lines) :O)

Step 2. Turn the cardstock & score across at 3/4″, 5 1/4″, 6″ and 10 1/2″ (marked in green above.)

Step 3. Cut a slit along the bottom vertical score lines (from the bottom of the long edge) up to the 3/4 inch horizontal score line. Cut away the smallest bottom section and discard it. (marked in red above.)

Step 4. Adhere the side & bottom to close the box

Step 5. Add the front decoration (which was made the same way as the cards above--just 1 inch shorter.) Stick it on with Oh so sticky tape.

Step 6. Add the handle (I've used a piece of: Black Magic Spell cardstock. I like how the green in it picks up the patterned paper, & the black ties it in.) A little piece of Oh so sticky tape works well.

Matching Envelopes:

This Witch Hazel is so sweet that you can add her without any colouring to make the world's fastest matching envelopes. Did I mention that these stamps are perfectly registered on the EZ mount, which means you can stamp your images exactly where you want them? (I'm a woman obsessed heeheehee.) [These envelopes are shimmery and I've done embossing, but you could also use waterproof ink. Here's the whole thing put together:

Hope your stamping is stampalicious!

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Anonymous said...

Oh MEL- this totally ROCKS! I love the bag- who would have thought to color the image BLACK? Love it!

Tonniece said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!

Lovin this cute set Mel. It was so worth the wait.

Have a BOO-ti-full Tuesday

Cathrine StClair said...

This is an amazingly creative project Mel. I love the Silhouette! Great thinking outside the box... er... bag?

Anonymous said...

Hello there,
This is so enabling.. links right to the store. I went on a collecting spree for copics and went to check out but shipping was $17 to Canada. Ouch... I'm considering yet. Love the witch!! If my kids were younger... this would be purchased but I'm not sure I'd make halloween cards at this point in my life. I do love them though. The puppet stage rocks and so does the hag bag. You always give me a morning chuckle!!
Beth Greco

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

OOOoooOOO this is awesome!!!!!!! I am lovin it!!

Risa said...

What a super adorable card set Mel!!!
I love everything about it!!!

Barb said...

This is great! Thanks for the tutorial... I'll have to try it out.

Kathi said...

Oh my! The entire project is super-cute. I really love that green paper and that witch stamp!

Thanks for the tutorial!

Patty Williams said...


These are great!

Kim Etherington said...

Someone is damn talented! ;o)
13 days of great stuff to start the day. Lucky us!

Shirley said...

How witchy lovely! Ha! You never disappoint, Mel. The projects are wonderful!

Danni said...

This is awesome!! Love it!

Janine said...

This is AMAZING Mel!! I love it!!
I want that stamp!!

Allison Rankin said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Gonna have to go over these in some detail later!

Annapurna said...

Alright, I held off until now to get this kit, but it is getting really close to adding to cart. Now all I need is to decide who to give these to.

Super job and thanks for template for the bag. You are so patient to give us all the details of how you did each and every step.

Elena said...

Awesome project! Mel, you are great! The stamp is adorable!!!

Ann said...

Wow! These are awesome! You rock!

I gave you an award. Stop by my blog to see... :D

Joani McDonald said...

Oh Mel, I just love what you've done! I could sit here all day and oogle what you've made! These are the coolest images! Really neat bag too!

Deb Neerman said...

Oh, Anna, you can buy the kit and send it to me!!!! Soooo glad to help!

Adorable-ness, cute-some, awesome-ly, and all kinda other made-up words!!

You rock, Mel-a-Licious!

Txs for the toot!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your Hag Bag... especially the name! All your great ideas just keep flowing. Thanks for letting us see them all.


Anonymous said...

Some spooktacular projects you've been doing for your new guest designer spot! Congrats!

Maria said...

Oooh, such a fun Halloween bag! I love it! You make such cool stuff, Mel. I wish I had your energy! The set is such a fabulous Halloween gift to give out! Thank you for sharing your creativity. I'm wow'd everytime I stop by!

Keep them comming. . .I'm having so fun looking at all your cool Halloween projects!!


Erum Tasneem said...

Mel, these are some great papers!
The set completely rocks!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Once again, I learned something new! It would never have occurred to me to color in the image all black to make a silhouette image! I love this! Good tip on cutting out what's going to be covered up too!